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tv   Haitian President Address  CSPAN  January 7, 2013 12:00am-12:30am EST

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money. so i used money that i raised with a group of nixon alumns to pay for a lot of this. and i used some of the trust fund money. it is very expensive to do this project, but my goal was to show that the federal government could do this. because most of the times these oral histories are done by private foundations, and they have a vested interest, i would say, in a certain legacy.
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i am deeply honored in my invitation to this prestigious
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parliament, and i would like to
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i see in this a friendship which has been forged through history, and we cannot be indifferent as we confront the financial crisis which threatens you and also affects us. i remain convinced that a united europe, one which is ever stronger, will find the appropriate solutions in order to restore its economy to help.
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no recession is forever, and the time that a crisis lasts will depend on the progress of the government measures. from mario draghi to christine lagarde, you have available to use some of the best names on the planet, which will help you to overcome crisis. however, my presence here today is an opportunity to thank you for your generosity and for your solidarity and to recall that no country can find its way out of poverty simply by handouts and charity. certainly, haiti still needs
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your assistance, but the haitians, what they need is productive work. they need to trade, and they need direct investment. haiti is that the doors of the americas. america is fighting its way back to growth, and south america which did not have a crisis and has continued its growth. haiti plays a strategic platform hub. it is an area that is conducive to investment. it is a jumping off point for companies to participate in the big construction of our country and where they can reach out to the rest of the region. we need airports. we need roads. we need electricity generation
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and hotels. we have fertile soil, and we can easily begin to feed our population again and to export our products. 80 is a climate and is also blessed with geography, white sand beaches, and nature which is still, to a large extent, intact. our country has many things that are protected by nature. courageous. with its ingenuity and desire to work, and i am here today to invite you to drive the blessings of this country, and there is also potential for investment.
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i am here to ask you to work with us to help regain our sovereignty and to get back to the international money markets. i am here, together with you, to envision other free-trade agreements, and we call you to work together with us for intelligent and lucrative projects. i would ask you to collaborate with us, to work together with us, so that together, we can find the best ways of finding them and financing them. many retired academics dream of contributing to make our world one which is cleaner and more equitable. the same thing to us. so they can participate in training our young people and their professors and academics. contribute with us to change history, history which reminds us of our links with spain, with the united kingdom, with spain, with italy.
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the more recent history which reminds us of our links before 1940, -- the european union is now making a big effort in certain areas and in terms of development and cooperation. year, proud of its outreach, of its convictions, of the thinking which it has given the world. it's responsive to the world problems. there is what it has embarked on side by side with countries. people must know that the countries -- it cannot close its borders.
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it cannot turn off the tap of its generosity in its brain power. that is what can be put into a world, one which is more morally economic, one which is safer in environmental times, more democratic. haiti, strengthened and fortified by this friendship, which is seeking to throw off the status quo and cliches, which is to break the chains of underdevelopment and to exorcise its demons. my administration has been at it along the way, but no one can deny our good faith. this year, in haiti, once again, we have been affected to
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differing degrees of the tropical tempests of isaac and sandy. once again, the cost has been counted in human lives, in harvests, it in people's houses, and in livestock, which have all suffered, and once again, the international community has been prompt in coming in and stepping up, helping, salvaging, in reconstructing. we must break through this vicious cycle. we must replace it with a virtuous circle. this is what we are endeavoring to do, and this is the effort which will put haiti back on its feet. haiti will find its feet again, because we have taken cognizance of the haitian territory, which is considerable, and it is not going to get better in the years ahead if the climate
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change continues to bear down on the caribbean islands. we will get back on our feet because in a stubborn way, we are working to a different drummer. we must go into preventive mode, and prevention means a bigger investment. regional planning, and planning means making the country or less vulnerable. it means protecting that whichever been affected by deforestation, in a way that lays the basis for further destruction. regional planning means of avoiding losing millions of dollars with every weather event. it means creating a living environment for the people of haiti, and the government has the instruments available, the tools available to it to make a goal of regional planning.
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these instruments, the national center, supported by funds from the european union and others for regional planning, which, again, you contribute to with your funds. i wish to thank you for this contribution. let me say that our administration will use these funds to the hilt. in the longer time frame, so we can leave our fingerprints on the haitian area. as you can see in this area, this is on the front of those helping us. europe is at the forefront, able to continue to inspire everyone, and as the world realizes, they cannot go it alone. it has to be in the regions, the larger regions, so we can find a single voice, so we can
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give each other mutual support while maintaining identity.
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i say to them that all of our strategies and their solidarity has not been wasted. those that are most vulnerable are the ones then have
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benefited the most. there is taking shape in front of our eyes that the institutions have been filled. the constitution has been amended, and despite its weaknesses, it has now been promulgated. the magistrates have found their positions again. the constitutional court is now functioning. the permanent electoral committee is taking shape. the elections for one-third of the senate posts are on their way. citizens' freedoms are there, as well. corruption is losing ground, and organized crime has no more sanctuary.
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slowly but surely, justice is becoming more just. in the chapter of human rights, there is a ratification during my time of office of the agreements and conventions which will mean that there will be no prescription for certain crimes, we'll time limits on them, and with your help, we will work to assure that there is equal opportunities, equality, and the protection of children. all of these things will come to pass.
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the first things are there. honorable members of parliament, at the start, you had an economic europe and the funding powers of the ecb, and you understood this, and the ecb countries were following, as must haiti. your support for our major infrastructure works. national roads, number three, where a large stretch was recently opened it. this motorway it already is doing its part to make our economy more dynamic and to open up the hill country for the regional authorities. the processing plants on the frontiers with their neighbors, with our national markets, all of these things are pushing in that direction, beginning with economic growth and development, and this is fine.
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from the very inception of my term in office, i have reached these paradigms'. often, we have dipped into your funds of wisdom, your ideals, and your insurance civilization. what emanates from strasbourg is now closely matched with your parliament, and you have been following us along this path. you have been standing by our side, and thank you for your reception as you welcome us today, for which i thank you. it [applause]
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>> thank you very much, indeed, president. thank you for your words. thank you, too, for having reminding us of the founding fathers. i think your speech provided us with stimulus, encouragement, reminding us that our integration project is important, not just for us, but for other parts of the world, too. thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for your attention and the ongoing work. thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute]
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] law the british house of commons returns this week from a break. prime minister david cameron takes questions during prime minister's questions. you can see prime minister's questions in its usual spot next sunday 9:00 p.m. pacific time here on c-span. >> next, a discussion on the importance of shareholder value in a company. then a look at h
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